Junior Accountant #62984 O.C.
Civil Service Job: Yes
Applications received by mail must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Examinations will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2011
$19.84 - $22.07 (County), $31,475 - $36,153 (BOCES)
Information on the Junior Accountant #62984 O.C. position
Fee Required: The State Civil Service Law requires our office to collect a processing fee from each applicant. The amount of the fee is ten dollars ($10) per applicant for Each examination applied for, payable at the time of filing of the application form, by check (personal or certified) or money order, payable to the “Cattaraugus County Treasurer”. Cash Will Not Be Accepted. Applicants whose personal checks are returned for insufficient funds will not be considered as candidates. Applicants must record the Examination Number(s) and Title(s) on their checks. Refunds of fees will not be issued to applicants who are disqualified for not meeting the minimum qualifications for admittance to the examination or who do not appear for testing on the scheduled test date. Therefore, Do Not Apply for an examination if you are not sure that you meet the minimum qualifications. Application fees shall be waived for candidates that are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household or are receiving public assistance. Please contact this office for an Application Fee Waiver Request and Certification Form, or download from our website at: www.cattco.org.
Residency: Preference in appointment may be given to successful candidates who are residents of the jurisdiction in which the vacancy exists at the time of certification for appointment.
Duties: The work involves recording, classifying, examining and analyzing data and records relating to financial transactions. The work is carried out in accordance with generally defined procedures and accepted accounting methods. The work is performed under the general supervision of an Accountant, Controller, Treasurer or similar higher level employee with greater overall fiscal management responsibilities. The work is distinguished from that of clerical positions by the variety and complexity of assignments. The class is distinguished from higher level accounting positions by virtue of its more limited scope and level of responsibility. Considerable leeway is permitted in applying accepted accounting principles to the resolution of problems. Guidance is available when modifications and installations of new accounting procedures become necessary. Supervision may be exercised over clerical employees. A Junior Accountant does related work as required.
Minimum Qualifications: Either:
A. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with an Associate’s Degree in accounting; OR
B. Graduation from High School or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and three (3) years experience, the primary function of which is, maintaining or auditing the books or accounts of an organization. This experience must have included responsibility for maintaining or auditing the general ledger and general journal. Maintaining and checking financial accounts and records in a clerical record keeping capacity is not qualifying.
NOTE: Training at or beyond the Associate’s Degree level which includes and/or is supplemented by fifteen (15) semester credits hours in accounting may be substituted for the training requirement in (a) above.
special requirement for appointment in school districts and boces:
Per Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, to be employed in a position designated by a school district or BOCES as involving direct contact with students, a clearance for employment from the State Education Department is required.
Subject of Examination: Written test will cover knowledges, skills and /or abilities in such areas as:
1. Fundamentals of account keeping and bookkeeping - These questions test for a knowledge of basic principles and practices of account keeping and bookkeeping. The questions test for recognizing account keeping and bookkeeping terms, concepts and relationships; recording financial transactions; and solving elementary problems in account keeping and bookkeeping.
2. Arithmetic computation with calculator - These questions test for the ability to use a calculator to do basic computations. Questions will involve addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. You may also be asked to calculate averages, to use percents, and to round an answer to the nearest whole number. YOU SHOULD BRING WITH YOU A HAND-HELD BATTERY- OR SOLAR-POWERED CALCULATOR FOR USE ON THIS TEST.
3. Office record keeping - These questions test your ability to perform common office record keeping tasks. The test consists of two or more "sets" of questions, each set concerning a different problem. Typical record keeping problems might involve the organization or collation of data from several sources; scheduling; maintaining a record system using running balances; or completion of a table summarizing data using totals, subtotals, averages and percents.
4. Understanding and interpreting written material - These questions test how well you comprehend written material. You will be provided with brief reading selections and will be asked questions about the selections. All the information required to answer the questions will be presented in the selections; you will not be required to have any special knowledge relating to the subject areas of the selections.
A Guide for the Written Test for Higher Level Account Clerical is available at the New York State website:www.cs.state.ny.us/testing/localtestguides.cfm. Candidates not having access to a computer or the internet may request copy of the test guide from the Cattaraugus County Civil Service office by calling 938-2281 or 938-2317.
Candidates are allowed to use quiet, hand-held, solar or battery powered calculators. Devices with typewriter keyboards, spell checkers, personal digital assistants, address books, language translators, dictionaries or any similar devices are prohibited.
Complete Job Description & Qualifications
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PARTICIPATION IN MULTIPLE EXAMINATIONS: If you have applied for both State and Local government examinations, you must take all your examinations at the State examination center. You will be advised by letter when and where to report for your examinations.
If you have applied for another local government examination with another local civil service agency, call or write each civil service agency to make arrangements. You must notify all government civil service agencies with whom you have filed an application of the test site at which you wish to take your examination.
SATURDAY SABBATH OBSERVERS - HANDICAPPED PERSONS: If special arrangements for testing are required, please indicate this on your application(s).
CANDIDATES PLEASE NOTE: Your application for this test is part of the examination process. Applications must be completely filled out with all pertinent information stated. The Commission does not refer to other applications on file for additional information. Applications which do not show training and/or experience to meet the minimum qualifications will be disapproved. Vagueness and ambiguity will not be resolved in your favor.
VETERANS: Disabled and non-disabled war veterans who are eligible for additional credits must submit an application for veterans' credits. Candidates who wish to claim veterans' credits on an examination should request an application and information sheet from the Cattaraugus County Civil Service Commission. Veterans' application forms will also be available upon request at the examination center. The completed forms must be received before the eligible list for the examination is established in order to utilize additional credits.
Effective January 1, 2014, War-time Veterans who previously used non-disabled veterans credits for appointment or promotion and are subsequently certified by the Veteran's Administration as a disabled veteran may again be eligible for additional exam credits. To apply for subsequent disabled veteran credits, complete the Veteran Credit application and check the applicable box, additionally you are required to follow the directions below regarding Disabled Veterans credits.
Effective January 1, 1998, the State Constitution was amended to permit a candidate currently in the armed forces to apply for and be conditionally granted veteran's credit in examinations. Any candidate who applies for such credit must provide proof of military status to receive the conditional credit. No credit may be granted after the establishment of the list. It is the responsibility of the candidate to provide appropriate documentary proof indicating that the service was in time of war, as defined in Section 85 of Civil Service Law, and that the candidate received an honorable discharge or was released under honorable conditions in order to be certified at a score including veteran's credits.
In conformance with Section 85-a of the Civil Service Law, children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty shall be entitled to receive an additional ten points in a competitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality in which his or her parent has served. If you are qualified to participate in this examination and are a child of a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty in this municipality, please inform this office of this matter when you submit your application for examination. A candidate claiming such credit has a minimum of two months from the application deadline to provide the necessary documentation to verify additional credit eligibility. However, no credit may be added after the eligible list has been established.
Cattaraugus County an Equal Opportunity Employer